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At last, Niners take bold step

Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 4:55 pm
 
Let's hear it for the San Francisco 49ers. They needed to make a bold move to win back disgruntled fans tired of losing, and they made it with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as their next head coach.

Naturally, the expectation will be that Harbaugh can do for San Francisco what he did for Stanford, but not so fast there, people. He had one of the best quarterbacks in the country at Stanford. He has no one in that position with the 49ers, and in a quarterback-driven league that's an issue.  No, it's a problem.

I'll be honest: I'm surprised Harbaugh chose the 49ers. The club has front-office issues I thought could keep him from making the jump. But, in the end, San Francisco made him an offer he couldn't refuse, and team president and CEO Jed York should be congratulated. He knew he had to make a splash here, and he did it.

Now the question: Did Harbaugh make the right move? I'll wait two or three years before making a decision. Bill Walsh didn't win overnight in San Francisco, but he did at Stanford where he was the 1977 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Hmmm, sound familiar? When Walsh returned to Stanford in 2004 to advise the athletic director, guess whom he recommended for the head-coaching job? You got it, Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh has spoken about what he learned from Walsh and how the two spent breakfasts together talking about football or watching videotape, with Harbaugh taking notes. But Harbaugh had something there and at his previous stop, the University of San Diego, that he doesn't have now, and that's a stellar quarterback. Alex Smith was supposed to be exceptional, but in six NFL seasons he has proven to be nothing more than exceptionally mediocre.

Smith is a prospective free agent, and he hasn't ruled out the possbility of returning to San Francisco. But is he really the guy who to lead this club to its first winning season since 2002 or do for Jim Harbaugh what Andrew Luck did for him at Stanford? I don't think so, and neither do pro scouts. 

I have no doubts, however, about what the 49ers just accomplished. They absolutely, positively had to make a big-time hire to appease their critics and get people excited about their ballclub again, and landing Harbaugh is a big-time hire.  I don't know if he wins here, and, frankly, I don't care. The 49ers did what they had to do, which was demonstrate that they're not a second-rate franchise; that they're still a club capable of landing the Big Fish and making a difference.

Good for them. And good for Jim Harbaugh ... I think.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:20 pm
 

At last, Niners take bold step

Hope you were not talking to me guy?  I am happy as a pig in the mud:)!  My Jets are in playoffs and your Niners are back to square 1!  LOL!!!!!!




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:19 pm
 

At last, Niners take bold step

Hope you were not talking to me guy?  I am happy as a pig in the mud:)!  My Jets are in playoffs and your Niners are back to square 1!  LOL!!!!!!



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 12:19 pm
 

At last, Niners take bold step

Take Blaine Gabbert....Harbaugh can mold him into elite. Gore can take the pressure off of him to carry the team and they have weapons like Davis and Crabtree for him to throw to. This team with a QB is a force. Gabbert has the big arm to take them there.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:20 am
 

At last, Niners take bold step

We got the coach. Now its time to find a QB get an elite pass rusher and win this NFC West. Trust me, it isn't hard, you can be 7-9 and win the division. Who Knew?



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:44 am
 

Cardinal Mooney

Congrats Jed, Cardinal Mooney High School grad does good.



Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 9:15 am
 

At last, Niners take bold step

Judge, you can't fault a guy who wants to ply his trade and throw his hat in the professional arena. The itch was there. But lets be real here. I ask you: Where was the opportunity with the "golden" quarterback available? Miami? Denver? Oakland? Carolina? Cleveland? No Manning, no Brady, no Big Ben. It's not like the elites needed his services just now. Not everyone has guys like these to try to win with. I love his energy and desire and believe he has what it takes to be successful on the next level. Time will tell.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:41 am
 

At last, Niners take bold step

I'm not one to think college coaches are the best move for an NFL franchise. However, I believe Harbaugh was an excellent hire for the 49ers. He brings discipline (maybe his downfall for rich kids) and offensive creativity to the NFL. I have followed Harbaugh for quite some time. He has been a winner everywhere. Only time will tell if this is the correct choice.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:34 pm
 

At last, Niners take bold step

Excellent plan, the only question is what wil Carolina want to move down to the seven hole?

Because they gave up their second rounder, pick 33 and have a gaping hole between pick 1 and pick 65.

 

 




Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:18 pm
 

At last, Niners take bold step

Great move for the 49ers - they have a real coach - but no QB.  That will come from free agency - Vince Young might be a surprise for 49er fans if he comes on board.

The division is weak and 49ers have a really good group of players.  Singletary was not a head coach.  JH is a good coach on any level, so I won't be shocked if they win the NFC West next year.

Good luck JIM!



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:01 pm
 

49ers should trade for Kyle Orton

Kyle Orton is available, the Broncos won't demand that much for him, and he would give the 49ers a year or two to find the superstar QB that Harbaugh wants.


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